KISS' Gene Simmons 'Looking Forward To Death Of Rap.' Praises Lady Gaga

March 18, 2016

KISS bassist and founder Gene Simmons knows how to make his thoughts clear and to the point. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Simmons shared his opinions on many genres of music, but gave his harshest critiques to Rap and certain female pop artists.

"I am looking forward to the death of rap," Simmons said. "I'm looking forward to music coming back to lyrics and melody, instead of just talking. A song, as far as I'm concerned, is by definition lyrics and melody... or just melody." Simmons expands on his thoughts, saying, "I'm all for anybody talking. 'Wild Thing' was talking. 'Wild thing / She makes my heart sing / She makes everything...' There's no melody there. That's cool. Napoleon XIV, 'They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haa!' that's a funny song, but those are novelty records. So was Dickie Goodman and 'Mr. Jaws.' There were all kinds, by the way, but predominantly music is about melody and lyric, whether it's rap or doc-wop, or yeah, even rock."

"Rap will die. Next year, 10 years from now, at some point, and then something else will come along. And all that is good and healthy," said Simmons.

Simmons also rustled the feathers of what he calls "disco divas," explaining, "I love Jennifer Lopez and Ciara and Shakira and Madonna and all the girls with names that end in 'a.' They're very talented in their own way - but it's dishonest. They have a backing track. It's really a karaoke bar. Karaoke is more honest, because you know it's karaoke." His thoughts on Lady Gaga however, take a much different route. "As far as I'm concerned, if Lady Gaga dropped the disco and pole dancing and all that stuff and put together a rock band, that would be legitimate because she's got the musical goods. She can write songs, play instruments and actually sing, and she understands the fearless quality of spectacle. I'd love to see her do Queen-style music. She can do it. Madonna cannot."

After roasting some of today's pop-divas, EDM (Electronic Dance Music) came up in the discussion. "EDM is honest," Simmons says. "EDM says, 'here's a guy onstage who does f**k-all, he does nothing. He presses a button and puts his hands up in the air. He doesn't pretend to be lip-synching to a track.' He has a light show and it's an honest relationship."

(source: Rolling Stone)